On September 26th Jessa Duggar, after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington D. C., posted on Instagram about the correlation between the Holocaust and abortion, reflecting on the horror of legalized murder on a class of people.
“I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today... very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights--their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed "less than human." Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are "more evolved" and others "less evolved." A denying that our Creator--GOD--made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam. The belief that some human beings are "not fit to live." So they're murdered. Slaughtered. Kids with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The sickly. The elderly. The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor. "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?" (Proverbs 24:10-12) May we never sit idly by and allow such an atrocity to happen again. Not this generation. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS.”
Three days after Jessa’s instagram post, Jill Filipovic a senior political writer for cosmopolitan.com and radical feminist wrote an article accusing Jessa of being tone-deaf, deranged, and out of touch for comparing abortion to the Holocaust. The next day Sadie Gennis, staff editor for TV Guide online, parroted Filipovic’s article with one of her own calling Jessa “tone-deaf, insensitive, and irresponsible”.
Here is an excerpt from Filipovic’s cosmopolitan.com article.
“The Holocaust killed 6 million Jews — two-thirds of all the Jews in Europe at the time — and another 5 million victims, including gay people, European Roma (gypsies), communists, and people with disabilities. Those millions of people were herded into camps, where they were ritually exterminated if they weren't worked to death; some were used as subjects in gruesome human experiments before being murdered.
Abortion in the United States is a legal medical procedure that 1 in 3 women will have before she turns 45. Nine in 10 abortions happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, well before fetal viability. Safe abortion access has helped to drive down maternal mortality, and illegal, unsafe abortion remains a leading killer of pregnant women. Legal abortion saves women's lives.
Regardless of how one feels about the morality of abortion though, comparing it to one of the greatest horrors in modern history is insensitive and clueless, to say the least. And the comparison wasn't a casual, thoughtless one — Jessa had just walked out of the Holocaust museum, and instead of absorbing the scale of that atrocity, decided to make a point about abortion rights. That's not just tone-deaf; it's deranged. And it does bring to light just how extreme — and out of touch — the Duggar family values actually are. If only we didn't reward them with a quirky reality show that whitewashes their radical views.”
Sadie Gennis’ TV Guide online article is just thinly masked plagiarism. She merely changed some of the words of Filipovic’s article and called it her own. Here is the last paragraph in her article.
“The Holocaust claimed the lives of 6 million Jews and 5 million others, including gay people, gypsies, communists and those with disabilities. They were subjected to horrific experiments, mass exterminated and worked to death if they weren't killed on sight. Abortion is a legal procedure that one in three women undergoes. By legalizing abortion, it has helped reduce the number of unsafe and illegal means of abortion, which is a leading killer of pregnant women. Whatever your stance on abortion, comparing it to the Holocaust is tone-deaf, insensitive and irresponsible.”
Are these two women correct in saying that comparing abortion to the Holocaust is tone-deaf, insensitive, and irresponsible? I don’t think so. Here’s why. The Holocaust was the deliberate extermination of a certain class of people. Those in power deemed some people to be subhuman and unwanted in society and so they gathered them up and killed them. Abortion also is the extermination of a certain class of people deemed unworthy to live. The powers that be have legalized murder just as they did during the Holocaust. Any woman who chooses to may go to an abortion clinic and have her preborn baby violently killed. In Hitler’s Germany there was legal discrimination against Jews. In our society we may legally discriminate against our own children and eradicate them. Tell me how this is not the same thing. They may protest and say that the preborn are not fully human as the Jews are, but even making that assertion makes them more like the Nazis than they want to be because that was how the Nazis viewed the Jews. The Jews were non persons in the eyes of the German government just as the preborn are to ours. Under the Nazi regime Jews' rights and humanity were not considered. The same is true of a society that condones abortion. The rights and humanity of the unborn are not regarded. The Jews were viewed as a lesser class of people to be exterminated. The unborn are viewed as a clump of cells to be violently sucked out of their mother’s womb or ripped apart limb by limb and their skulls crushed so that he or she may easily be pulled out piece by piece. (Click here to read about abortion procedures.)
The way Filipovic’s and Gennis’ articles speak of the Holocaust and abortion is telling of their dishonesty in dealing with this subject. For one thing, according to a new Gallup poll the majority of Americans are opposed to abortion. I guess that means Ms. Filipovic is the one out of touch rather than Jessa. Additionally, when speaking of the Holocaust they focus on the victims and their mistreatment and murder, but when speaking of abortion it’s the perpetrators who get the consideration but not one word is said about the victims. They claim that legal abortion is safe and focus on women being killed while having illegal abortions. What about the safety of the fifty five million legally murdered babies in the U. S. alone that are never mentioned in their articles? This is like talking about the hazards to Nazis while operating gas chambers at Auschwitz. I would like to soften that a bit by saying that most women that have abortions are lied to by the real perpetrators, those that profit by performing abortions. Many of these women suffer from the abortion itself and also the guilt and emotional damage they often incur. If you are a woman who has had an abortion true healing and forgiveness can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Filipovic’s article goes on to infer that the viability of an unborn child to survive outside the womb has bearing on its humanness and right to life. I can’t think of a more absurd idea. The womb is the proper environment for an unborn child just as earth’s atmosphere is the proper environment after birth. Just because we are not viable in space does not mean that we are not human. I would guess that Filipovic and Gennis are concerned that we have a healthy environment to live in and would protest anyone destroying it, but they have no care for the environment of a preborn child. It can be made lethal and they defend the right of a mother to do so. (Click here for a view of a 15 week old preborn baby responding to touch)
Before Filopovic brazenly calls Jessa “deranged” she talks about the scale of the atrocity of the Holocaust, chastising Jessa for daring to make the comparison with abortion. The fact is that legal abortion in the U.S. alone has claimed the lives of five times that of the Holocaust. This in no way minimizes what the Nazis did, rather it highlights the scale of what we continue to tolerate in a “civilized” society.
Bravo, Jessa, for daring to speak out against one of the great evils of our time even if it means that Hitler’s doppelgangers are enraged. Maybe this is why Rush Limbaugh calls radical feminists “Femi-Nazis”.